Dr. Robert Jean has been in practice for over five years, and in that time, he’s grown to love the variety and fast-paced nature that comes with being a physician. From his daily 7 a.m. meetings, Dr. Jean jumps into a full schedule of office hours, patient rounds, and surgery – some routine, others more challenging. He explains, “At University Surgical Associates, the variety of what we see and treat is unparalleled. Each day is different and exciting, and it’s extremely rewarding to see these patients and get them back to normal.” In his interactions, Dr. Jean believes it’s important to treat each individual like a person instead of just another patient. “I want my patients to feel comfortable with me and trust me because they are putting their lives in my hands,” Dr. Jean says. “I think that if there isn’t trust between a doctor and patient, that is a recipe for disaster.”
“The ability to take care of the sickest of the sick and literally take someone from their death bed to recovery is truly humbling and rewarding.”
1. What sets your practice apart?
The comprehensive nature of my practice and the ability to take care of anything from common general surgery cases to the complex, critically ill, or injured patient.
2. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
After doing my residency in Chattanooga, I moved to Memphis for two years before returning to Chattanooga to set up practice. Moving back to Chattanooga has to be my happiest moment because this is where I consider home!
3. What is your best advice for patients?
Don’t be afraid to be evaluated and ask questions. Being seen by a surgeon doesn’t commit you to surgery. It’s important to be educated about disease processes and possible options for treatment.
4. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
The progression of minimally invasive technology is truly exciting. Getting patients back on their feet quicker is something I strive for every day, and this technology often allows that.
5. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
My ability to connect with my patients and being available to tend to any and all needs. Also, in trauma, we have to be able to take care of anything at any time, day or night.
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